38-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Achilles tendinitis bothered Johnson on and off through the first four months of the 2013 season, and a late-July flareup finally sent him to the disabled list. Johnson proceeded to miss most of the f...
Reed Johnson Contract Information:
Elected free agency in October 2014.
Johnson has elected to become a free agent, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports.
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Reed Johnson: MLB Games Played By Position
Reed Johnson Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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|2012 (Multiple Teams)||35||MAJ||CHC/ATL||288||269||4.5%||21.2%||0.21||77%||.366||.108|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Reed Johnson||3-Year Averages||228||212||3.5%||22.8%||0.15||75%||.369||.118|
2014 Stat Review for Reed Johnson As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)
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Reed Johnson: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Johnson is a player who has been relegated to a fourth outfielder role nearly his entire career, but it is a position at which he has excelled. Over a 10-year career, he has a .284 batting average and .752 OPS. He has showed no sign of slowing despite going into his age-36 season. In fact, over the last two seasons, Johnson has a .299 average and .773 OPS. He'll have a nice batting average, but he has seen a decline in his power and he has never been a stolen-base threat. After signing with Atlanta, Johnson will work as an outfielder off the bench and carry value only in deep NL-only formats.
The 35-year-old Johnson put together a passable campaign last year with a .309/.348/.467 line in 246 at-bats. But if you look beneath the surface, you'll see just five walks, 63 strikeouts and an unsustainable .399 BABIP (career: .330). Given Johnson's modest power, poor on-base skills and below average center-field defense (he's solid for a corner outfielder), it's hard to envision his role growing beyond a lefty platoon/fourth outfielder for the Cubs this year.
Johnson was as advertised in 2010, providing solid defense off the bench and a .301/.324/.466 line versus southpaws. That he's worthless versus right-handers limits Johnson to backup outfielder status at best, and he'll be battling for a reserve role regardless of where he lands at this stage of his career. Considering that he hasn't hit double-digit homers since 2006, you're better off without him even in deeper AL/NL-only formats.
Johnson was limited to just 65 games last year due to back problems and a broken foot. When healthy, Johnson is a serviceable fourth-outfielder type, able to hit for average, get on base and play all three outfield positions. He'll try to win a reserve role after signing with the Dodgers this winter.
Johnson was serviceable last year as the right-handed side of the Cubs' center-field platoon. The left-handed side, Jim Edmonds, filed for free agency, so Johnson's atop the depth chart entering spring training. But Johnson's not a great defensive center fielder, doesn't have a lot of pop and doesn't walk much, so he's more suited to a fourth outfielder role. It remains to be seen exactly how the Cubs will configure their outfield with Milton Bradley's arrival as Kosuke Fukudome will likely move over to platoon with Johnson. But Felix Pie (if he's not traded) could get another shot and Joey Gathright remains in the mix. In any case, we'd be surprised if Johnson had the job to himself when the season starts.
Johnson missed nearly three months due to a herniated disc in his back, and his numbers down the stretch (.566 OPS after August 1) were terrible. He's still seeing at-bats atop the order, but at some point his poor OBP will change that. He's got a skill set that could fade quickly, and a major back injury doesn't help.
Johnson surprised in 2006, managing to hit .319 despite a poor 33:81 BB:K rate in 461 at-bats. There's little here, other than the occasional ball finding a hole, over 2006 (.319/.390/.479) and 2005 (.269/.332/.412). He's expected to start the year as Toronto's leadoff hitter, however, which should result in plenty of runs hitting in front of a solid middle of the order.
Johnson still manages to earn 400 AB a year, which is part of Toronto's problem. It can't last forever, and his counting stats will dry up as a result.
Johnson led off once Frank Catalanotto was sidelined, but posted a poor .317 OBP in that spot. There's a platoon role waiting for him in 2005, especially if Toronto fills the hole at first base with someone other than Catalanotto. He would share time well with Gabe Gross when he's called up, but things would have to align perfectly for him to see 550 plate appearances again.
Johnson sparked the Jays' offense the first six weeks he played in an Eric Byrnes-like fashion, only to slump badly in July and August, posting OPS' of .589 and .601. He followed that with an 18-game hit streak in September, though it came without the improved plate discipline you'd like to see. He'll start the year as one of Toronto's corner outfielders, but could be back to a reserve role by mid-season if Gabe Gross hits as expected at Triple-A.
A wrist injury kept him out of action for much of the first part of the season. Struggled at Triple-A upon his return, and deserves a ?mulligan? based on his numbers the year before at Double-A. A solid season at Triple-A will get him back on track for being a very good reserve outfielder.